Bernard E. Witkin Papers MSS 0701

A minimal finding aid was prepared by California Judicial Center Library staff in 2012. Significant revisions, including the addition of a container list, were made by Marie Silva in 2021.
CJCL Special Collections and Archives
455 Golden Gate Avenue
Room 4617
San Francisco, CA 94102-7013

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: CJCL Special Collections and Archives
Title: Bernard E. Witkin Papers
Creator: Witkin, B. E. (Bernard Ernest), 1904-1995
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0701
Physical Description: 38 Linear Feet (34 legal document boxes, 7 cartons, 7 flat boxes, 1 map case drawer, plus furnishings)
Date (inclusive): 1917-2020
Abstract: The collection consists of correspondence, speeches and lectures, publications, interviews, certificates, awards, artifacts, and other materials documenting Witkin's personal and professional life and legal legacy between the years 1917 and 2020. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence exchanged between Witkin and family members, friends, and colleagues between the years 1931 and 1995; and approximately 200 speeches and lectures given by Witkin beginning in 1944 and continuing until his death in 1995. Other materials include articles and publications written by or about Witkin (1920-2020); subject files created by Witkin, organized by topic or organization (1944-1995); photographs of Witkin with family members, friends, and other legal luminaries (1920-1997); and awards, personal effects, artwork, and furnishings (1970-1995).
Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.


Collection is open for research upon approval of written request. Requests should be submitted to: California Judicial Center Library, Special Collections and Archives, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Room 4617, San Francisco, CA, 94102-7013, or by e-mail to All researchers must sign the California Judicial Center Library Special Collections Access Agreement form. This agreement can be sent electronically by request. Records in the collection may contain confidential information, as defined in the Access Agreement. Publication or disclosure of such information is strictly prohibited.

Restricted Materials

Confidential records, including internal communications between Supreme Court of California justices and between California Supreme Court justices and staff, attorney-client privileged communications, and communications between California Supreme Court justices or court employees and third parties that reveal details of the court's decision-making processes, are restricted and closed to research use.
Confidential records related to the California Supreme Court rules on appeal are restricted and closed to research use (Boxes 47-48).

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alba Witkin, 2008.


The collection is arranged into seven series: 1) Biographical materials; 2) Correspondence; 3) Speeches and lectures; 4) Interviews, writings, and publications; 5) Subject files; 6) Photographs; and 7) Awards and artifacts.

Biographical Note

Bernard E. Witkin was born on May 22, 1904, in Holyoke, Massachusetts. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (BA, 1925), Witkin obtained his legal education at the university's School of Law (JD, 1928).
After working in private practice in San Francisco, Witkin became California Supreme Court Justice William B. Langdon's legal secretary in 1930. In 1939, he began service as legal secretary for California Supreme Court Justice Phil S. Gibson. In 1940, Witkin became the Reporter of Decisions for both the California Courts of Appeal and California Supreme Court. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Gibson selected Witkin to draft new Judicial Council rules on appeal in August 1941, a project he completed in 1943.
Witkin left his position as Reporter of Decisions in 1949, and shifted to focusing on legal writing, an activity which would encompass the remainder of his career. His landmark work, Summary of California Law, began in 1927 as a bar exam guide for fellow Berkeley law students. Additional publications for which Witkin is well-known include California Procedure, California Evidence, California Criminal Procedure, and California Criminal Law. These treatises have been cited in tens of thousands of decisions made by the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal.
Witkin also established the Foundation for Judicial Education, which provides continuing education and benchbooks to California judges. He served as an advisory member to the California Judicial Council for many years, offering his opinion regarding potential judicial appointments to the California courts. Bernard Witkin and his wife Alba Witkin were dedicated philanthropists, establishing the Bernard E. & Alba Witkin Charitable Foundation in 1982. Witkin died on December 23, 1995, in his home in Berkeley, California. In 1997, the law library of the California State Library was designated as the Bernard E. Witkin State Law Library of California.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item, date]; Bernard E. Witkin papers, MSS 0701; [box number, folder number]; California Judicial Center Library, Special Collections and Archives.

Processing Information

The processing of the collection was completed by Marie Silva in 2021. Materials had been partially arranged by CJCL staff between 2008 and 2020. Silva arranged the collection into series based on the order of the papers as found. Original folder titles were retained, when present. Unorganized materials were processed and filed into existing series and subseries. Confidential materials were identified and restricted.

Related Materials

The following collection provides additional information about Bernard E. Witkin: Collection on B. E. Witkin, MSS 1302.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, speeches and lectures, publications, interviews, awards, artifacts, and other materials documenting Witkin's personal and professional life and legal legacy between the years 1917 and 2020. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence exchanged between Witkin and family members, friends, and colleagues between the years 1931 and 1995; and approximately 200 speeches and lectures given by Witkin beginning in 1944 and continuing until his death in 1995. Other materials include articles and publications written by or about Witkin (1920-2020); subject files created by Witkin, organized by topic or organization (1944-1995); photographs of Witkin with family members, friends, and other legal luminaries (1920-1997); and awards, personal effects, artwork, and furnishings (1970-1995).
This body of materials reflects Witkin's early years as a a student at UC Berkeley; his service as a legal secretary and Reporter of Decisions at the California Supreme Court, and relationships with state Supreme Court justices William Langdon and Phil Gibson; his long and influential career as an author of legal treatises; his commitment to legal reform and judicial education; and his civic and philanthropic work. Collection materials also provide insight into Witkin's evolving legal philosophy; his perspectives on the character, history, and direction of the California Supreme Court; and his impact on law in California.

Separated Materials

Witkin's books were separated from the collection and cataloged as monographs. These titles are searchable via the California Judicial Center Library's catalog and can be identified by the local note "Copy in Witkin collection."

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by Bernard E. Witkin, was not transferred to the California Judicial Center Library. Permission for reproduction or publication of materials in this collection beyond that allowed by fair use must be secured from the Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Charitable Trust.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

California. Supreme Court -- History
Justice, Administration of -- California
Law -- California
Legal literature -- Publishing -- California
California. Supreme Court


Biographical materials 1917-1998

Scope and Contents

Biographical materials consist of papers documenting Witkin's family, personal, and professional life, including vital records, juvenilia, Bar admission certificates, awards and honors, appointment books, greeting cards, memorial programs, and condolences received by Alba Witkin after her husband's death. Materials include writings, publications, newspaper clippings, and ephemera documenting Witkin's involvement in student activities at UC Berkeley in the 1920s.


This series is arranged into two subseries: 1) General; and 2) Greeting cards and condolences. Materials are arranged in chronological order within subseries.


box 1, folder 1

Copy of record of birth 1941 October 15

box 1, folder 2

Hamilton Intermediate Grammar School diploma 1917 June 8

box 1, folder 3

Polytechnic High School diploma 1921 June 7

box 1, folder 4

ROTC materials 1922

box 1, folder 5

Senior week program, University of California, Berkeley 1925

box 1, folder 6

Student records 1921-1927

box 46

Warning to visitors, Ineffables poster circa 1922-1925

box 1, folder 7-8

College activities and foolishness 1923-1926

box 1, folder 9

Articles of incorporation for the English Club of the University of California 1920

box 1, folder 10

Laughing Horse 1923

box 1, folder 11

Debate newspaper clippings 1920-1922

box 1, folder 12

Intercollegiate debate programs 1922-1926

box 46

Intercollegiate debate, University of California vs. Stanford University, poster circa 1922

Scope and Contents

Collection includes two copies of the debate poster. R. S. Porter and B. E. Witkin represented UC Berkeley; M. O. Tobriner and T. E. Landel represented Stanford University.
box 1, folder 13

Debate 1925

box 1, folder 14

BEW debating 1926

box 1, folder 15-16

The California Liberal 1925-1926

box 43

Diplomas, University of California, Berkeley 1925, 1928

box 1, folder 17

Newspaper publicity on the political developments in the University of California 1926

box 1, folder 18

Bar admission certificate 1927

box 43

Certificate of admission to practice law before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California 1927

box 46

District Court of Appeal of the State of California Bar admission certificate 1927

box 1, folder 19

Review course for the California Bar examination 1946

box 1, folder 20

BEW activities 1928-1960

box 1, folder 21

Biographical notes 1958-1988

box 1, folder 22

Food, diet circa 1940-1970

box 1, folder 23

Identification and membership cards 1969-1996

box 46

Confrerie des Vignerons de Saint Vincent certificates 1971

box 5

Presented to Bernard E. Witkin, lawyer, exeget, raconteur, dissertator, oenophile, on the occasion of a luncheon in his honor sponsored by the Lawyers' Club of San Francisco: Letters from members of the Bench and Bar 1973

box 1, folder 24

Birthday celebration 1974

box 1, folder 25

Academy of winetasters certificates 1974

box 1, folder 26

Hospital communications 1976

box 1, folder 27

Remarks by Homer Thompson, Dean of the 1976 California Judicial College 1976

box 1, folder 28

Harrison Tweed Award 1977

box 46

National College of the State Judiciary graduates 1977

box 1, folder 29

Awards and certificates 1978-1994

box 1, folder 30

Berkeley convocation 1988

box 1, folder 31

Alameda County Bar Foundation Witkin Retrospective 1990

box 1, folder 32

Order of the Coif 1993

box 1, folder 33

Cartoons and Witkin's heart attack 1993

box 2, folder 1-7

90th birthday celebrations 1994

box 2, folder 8-9

Appointment books 1994-1995

box 2, folder 19

Bar Association of San Francisco membership card 1995

box 2, folder 10

Condolences received 1995-1996

box 2, folder 11

Memorial to B. E. Witkin, Zellerbach Hall 1996

box 2, folder 12

Memorial program 1996

box 2, folder 13

Witkin Legal Institute inaugural event program 1996

box 2, folder 14

Bernard E. Witkin Law Library, Alameda County 1997-1998

box 2, folder 15

Official California reports dedication 1997

box 2, folder 16

Awards list 1998

box 2, folder 17

Bernard E. Witkin State Law Library dedication 1998

box 2, folder 18

Bernard E. Witkin Legal Information Symposium 1998


Greeting cards and condolences

box 3, folder 1-5

"Get well soon" letters 1993

box 3, folder 6-10

Birthday cards and letters 1989-1994

box 3, folder 11

Cards and letters regarding the dedication of the Witkin Law Library 1998

box 3, folder 12-18, box 4, folder 1-9

Condolence cards and letters 1995-1996

Scope and Contents

Includes letters from California Supreme Court justices Armand Arabian, Stanley Mosk, Marvin Baxter, Joyce Kennard, Ronald George, Kathryn Werdegar, Ming Chin, and Carol Corrigan.
object 3

Happy 80th birthday poster, with drawing of Bernard Witkin 1984

object 1

"Get well, Bernie" poster circa 1993

object 2

Oversize happy birthday card 1994


Correspondence 1931-1995

Scope and Contents

This series consists of correspondence exchanged between Witkin and family members, friends, and colleagues. Copies of letters written by Witkin are often included in the files. Important correspondents include: historian Harold Cherniss; attorney Melvin Belli; science fiction writer J. Francis McComas; Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown; Ralph Kleps, administrator of the California courts; and California Supreme Court Justices Rose Bird, Louis Burke, Otto Kaus, Malcom Lucas, Stanley Mosk, Matthew Tobriner, Roger Traynor, and Donald Wright. Correspondence files related to Witkin's speaking engagements may contain programs, articles, and other ephemera.


This series is arranged into three subseries: 1) Alphabetical files; 2) Chronological files; and 3) Correspondence regarding speaking engagements. Alphabetical files are arranged in alphabetical order by the last name of the correspondent. Chronological files and correspondence regarding speaking engagements are arranged in chronological order.

Alphabetical files

box 9, folder 4-5

College and family correspondence circa 1931-1991

box 47

Family correspondence 1988

Restricted Materials

Access to this folder is restricted until 2045 to protect the privacy of the living.
box 9, folder 6

Ashe, Lou 1956-1977

box 9, folder 7

Attias, Henry, an early assistant to BEW 1947-1948

box 9, folder 8

Ball, Joseph A. 1967-1977

box 9, folder 9-10

Belli, Melvin M. 1949-1995

box 9, folder 11

Berring, Robert C. 1988

box 9, folder 12

Bird, Rose E. (Chief Justice) 1977-1986

box 9, folder 14

Brauer, Harry F. 1984

box 9, folder 15

Brown, Edmund G. 1946-1991

box 9, folder 16

Burke, Louis (Associate Justice) 1971

box 9, folder 17-18

Chance, Jackson W. 1931-1946

box 9, folder 19-20

Cherniss, Harold circa 1927-1955

box 9, folder 21

Clark, Tom C., Federal Judicial Center 1970

box 9, folder 22

Clinco, Mario 1969-1974

box 9, folder 23

Cook, Lyle 1963-1973

box 9, folder 24

Cooper, Jim 1965-1969

box 10, folder 1

Cornin, Jon 1962

box 10, folder 2

Cotchett, Joseph 1988-1989

box 10, folder 3

DeMeo, J. Nick 1964-1995

box 10, folder 4

Feinstein, Herbert 1949-1975

box 10, folder 5

Fort, Joel circa 1982

box 10, folder 6

Frank, John P. 1977-1982

box 10, folder 7

Freedman, William R. 1990

box 10, folder 8

Friedman, Leonard 1970-1995

box 10, folder 9

Sidney, Field 1953-1962

box 10, folder 10

Gans, Alfred 1963-1968

box 10, folder 11

Gardner, Robert 1977-1988

box 10, folder 12

Gardiner, Samuel W. 1993

box 10, folder 13

Garlund, Anna 1963-1975

box 10, folder 14

Garza, Florentino 1995

box 10, folder 15

Gates, Donald 1981-1983

box 10, folder 16

Golden, Barbara 1968-1969

box 10, folder 17

Gruenwald, Rose-Marie (Ruck) 1958-1983

box 10, folder 18

Hanson, Pauline 1987

box 10, folder 19

Hayakawa, S. I. 1954-1969

box 10, folder 20

Henry, Alice 1954-1973

box 10, folder 21

Horvitz, Ellis 1989

box 10, folder 22

Hyman, Carlton 1939-1988

box 10, folder 23

Janofsky, Leonard 1979

box 10, folder 24

Johnson, George (Dean, Howard University) 1955-1960

box 10, folder 25

Judges 1959-1963

box 10, folder 26

Judson, Joe 1974

box 10, folder 27

Kanner, Gideon 1974-1994

box 10, folder 28

Kaus, Otto (Associate Justice) 1965-1977

box 10, folder 29

Kingman, Harry 1957-1969

box 10, folder 30

Kleps, Ralph 1950-1982

box 47

Kleps, Ralph 1977-1982

Restricted Materials

Access to this folder is restricted. Materials include internal Supreme Court of California communications.
box 10, folder 32

Kline, J. Anthony (Legal Affairs Secretary, Governor's Office) 1980

box 10, folder 33

Lascher, Ed 1975

box 10, folder 34

Leavitt, Jack 1973-1979

box 10, folder 35

Leland, Marc 1961-1971

box 10, folder 36

Lucas, Malcolm M. (Chief Justice) 1989-1992

box 10, folder 37

Marcus, Eugene H. 1945-1963

box 10, folder 38

Marie-Victoire, Georges and Ollie 1962-1968

box 10, folder 39

McComas, J. Francis (science fiction writer) 1941-1945

box 10, folder 40

Mosk, Stanley (Associate Justice) 1974

box 10, folder 41

Neylan, John Francis 1955-1956

box 10, folder 42

Paige, Jim 1961-1973

box 10, folder 43

Paras, George E. 1977

box 10, folder 44

Patterson, Vernon 1955, undated

box 11, folder 1

Pence, Martin 1962-1973

box 11, folder 2

Portman, Sheldon (public defender) 1977

box 11, folder 3

Puglia, Robert 1988

box 11, folder 4

Raven, Robert 1988

box 11, folder 5

Richards, Murray 1963

box 11, folder 6

Rosenberg, Maurice 1971-1972

box 11, folder 7

Rothenberg, Alan 1989

box 11, folder 8

Sannella, Susan 1950-1969

box 11, folder 9

Schaber, Gordon 1975

box 11, folder 10

Sheffield, William 1983

box 11, folder 11

Selvin, Herman 1974

box 11, folder 12

Shapiro, Bernard 1955-1989

box 11, folder 13

Standbury, Raymond G. 1942-1951

box 11, folder 14

Thompson, Harold 1961-1969

box 11, folder 15

Thompson, Robert 1975-1979

box 11, folder 16

Tobriner, Matthew (Associate Justice) 1962-1970

box 11, folder 17

Traynor, Roger J. (Chief Justice) 1958-1980

box 11, folder 18

Tuft, Malcolm (secretary-bailiff of the California Supreme Court) 1989

box 11, folder 19

Wapner, Joseph A. 1989

box 11, folder 20

Weigel, Stanley 1963-1964

box 11, folder 21

Witkin, Alba 1994-1999

box 11, folder 22

Witmer, Winfield A. 1983

box 11, folder 23

Wright, Donald R. (Chief Justice) 1970-1976

box 11, folder 24

California law review, University of California School of Law 1943-1945

box 11, folder 25

California Law Revision Commission 1965-1969

box 11, folder 26

California lawyer 1987

box 11, folder 27

Center for Judicial Education and Research 1985-1987

box 11, folder 28

Continuing Education of the Bar 1991

box 11, folder 29

Fellows of the American Bar Association 1990

box 11, folder 30

Foundation, Alta Bates 1976

box 11, folder 31-32

Foundation for Judicial Education 1981-1995

box 11, folder 33

Government Technology Conference 1993

box 11, folder 34

Hastings Law Journal Advisory Committee 1959-1973

box 11, folder 35

Institute of Judicial Administration circa 1953-1965

box 11, folder 36-38

International Society for General Semantics 1952-1995

box 11, folder 39

Japanese Legal Training and Research Institute 1960-1964

box 12, folder 1-2

Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company 1962-1964

box 12, folder 3

Libel by Witkin text re: Discussion of Appellate Opinion ( George v. Bekins Van and Storage) 1950

box 12, folder 4

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity 1973

box 12, folder 5

Queen's Bench 1972-1989

box 12, folder 6

Scribes 1954-1975

box 12, folder 7

Supreme Court of Alabama 1986

box 12, folder 8

Young Men's Christian Association 1951-1974


Chronological files

box 12, folder 9-16, box 13, folder 1-5



Correspondence regarding speaking engagements

box 13, folder 6-9


box 13, folder 10-15, box 14, folder 1-10


box 14, folder 11, box 15, folder 1-12


box 15, folder 13, box 16, box 17, box 18, folder 1-32


box 18, folder 33-60, box 19, folder 1-36



Speeches and lectures 1944-1995, undated

Scope and Contents

This series consists of speeches, lectures, and fragments authored by Witkin. Files may include multiple copies or drafts of the same speech and other materials related to the topic or the event at which the speech was given.


Speeches are arranged in chronological order.
box 19, folder 37-38

C. J. Phil Gibson speeches (written by B. E. W.) 1944-1963, undated

box 19, folder 39

B. E. Witkin re: Democratic Party and politics circa 1948

box 19, folder 40

Forms of action: Return of the zombies, NACCA Convention 1951

box 19, folder 41

Introductions [Helen Gahagan Douglas], Americans for Democratic Action, Third Annual Roosevelt Day Dinner, Berkeley 1952

box 19, folder 43

Remarks, Golden Gate Club, Charter Day Dinner, San Francisco 1952

box 19, folder 44

Outline of remarks to luncheon of Association Secretaries, A. B. A. Convention, San Francisco 1952

box 19, folder 45

Introductions and remarks, Congressional District Democratic Organization, Second Special Dinner, Oakland 1953

box 19, folder 46

The extraordinary writ: Friend or enemy, Conference of California Judges, Coronado 1954

box 19, folder 47

The role of the bench and bar in procedural reform, San Francisco Bar Association 1956

box 19, folder 48

Preliminary notes on talk to public relations round table 1957

box 19, folder 49

Extraordinary and ultra extraordinary writs 1958

box 19, folder 50

The importance of procedure and practice 1959

box 19, folder 51

Law books of the lawyer, Snodgrass Select Seminary, Hastings College of Law 1960

box 19, folder 52

Extraordinary writs in criminal practice, Criminal Law Seminar, San Francisco 1960

box 19, folder 53

A 120-proof program of unlikely reforms in the law, Queen's Bench Judge's Night Dinner, Oakland 1960

box 19, folder 54

Law, lawyers, and people, Alameda Kiwanis Club 1960

box 19, folder 55

The law curriculum: How now, sacred cow? 1961

box 19, folder 56

A 120-proof program of unlikely reforms in the law, Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter 1961

box 19, folder 57

Notes for talk to naturalization class, Alameda County Superior Court, Oakland 1961

box 19, folder 58

Double jeopardy and res judicata, Criminal Law Seminar 1961

box 19, folder 59

The attorney in civil cases or lawyers' fantasy-land and the real legal world, Santa Clara Law School 1961

box 20, folder 1

That is law reform? Thurston Society, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco 1961

box 20, folder 2

Introducing Dean David Snodgrass, Hastings Law Journal Banquet, San Francisco 1962

box 20, folder 3

120-proof program of unlikely reforms in the law, American Association of Law Libraries, San Francisco 1962

box 20, folder 4

The lessons of California's exploding review system: Address to the New Mexico State Bar Convention 1962

box 20, folder 5

The law curriculum: How now, sacred cow? Talk to Law Students Association, Boalt Hall 1962

box 20, folder 6

Observation on procedure for reform of California criminal law and procedure: Comments to Joint Legislative Committee for Revision of the Penal Code meeting at State Bar Convention 1963

box 20, folder 7

Remarks concerning David Snodgrass, Hastings College of Law, Moot Court Prize Awards, San Francisco 1963

box 20, folder 8

Tort trials under the new evidence code, Association of Defense Counsel, San Francisco 1964

box 20, folder 9

Rulings on evidence: Hazardous foresight and erudite hindsight, Los Angeles Superior Court Judges 1964

box 20, folder 10

Evidentiary problems arising under the juvenile court law: Address to Juvenile Court Judges and Referees, Third Annual Institute, Monterey 1964

box 20, folder 11

Remarks of B. E. Witkin to Lawyers Coop. Planning Conference 1964

box 20, folder 12

Continuing education of the judiciary 1964

box 20, folder 13

The proposed evidence code and you, California Trial Lawyers Association, Second Annual Tort Seminar, Santa Monica 1964

box 20, folder 14

Justice a la carte: Address to San Joaquin County Bar Association, Stockton 1964

box 20, folder 15

Law books of the lawyer circa 1964

box 20, folder 16

Double jeopardy, double punishment, and other double trouble, Criminal Courts Bar Association Seminar, Los Angeles 1965

box 20, folder 17

The Supreme Court's guidelines for law enforcement, Peace Officers' Association Conference, Oakland 1965

box 20, folder 18

Evidentiary headaches for the judge, Los Angeles Superior Court Seminar 1966

box 20, folder 19

Remarks, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Newport evidence panel 1966

box 20, folder 20

The ominous trend in criminal reversals, 39th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Nevada, Reno 1966

box 20, folder 21

Introduction [Bernard L. Diamond], 13th National Conference of Law Reviews, San Francisco 1967

box 20, folder 22

Justice a la carte, d'oyly that is, Law Forum, UCLA, Westwood, California 1967

box 20, folder 23-25

Outline of materials for basic seminar on the California Evidence Code, prepared for Superior Judges' Seminar 1967

box 20, folder 26

Old and new rules of evidence: Address to Annual Convention of Judges, Marshals, and Constables Association 1967

box 21, folder 1

Civil procedure and practice: Old principles and new applications, Municipal Court Workshop, Coronado 1968

box 21, folder 2

Jurisdiction is a many-splendored thing, Santa Clara Bar Association dinner meeting, Sunnyvale 1968

box 21, folder 3

Criminal evidence, inside and outside the code, UCLA Law School 1968

box 21, folder 4

Random harvest of procedural puzzles 1968

box 21, folder 5

The law, law books, and you: Address to the First Annual Program for Legal Secretaries, Los Angeles 1969

box 21, folder 6

New developments in criminal procedure, California College of Trial Judges 1969

box 21, folder 7

Jeopardy, once in, or, if, not, what? circa 1970s

box 21, folder 8

The mythology of collegiality circa 1970s

box 21, folder 9

Legislative and judicial functions: Their relative place in changing a rule of law, Appellate Judges Conference 1970

box 21, folder 10

Remarks, Bill Sullivan's retirement as clerk [of the Supreme Court], San Francisco 1970

box 21, folder 11

I am not guilty because..., luncheon talk to Berkeley Rotary Club 1970

box 21, folder 12

Remarks, California Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Palm Springs 1971

box 21, folder 13

Remarks accepting Citation Award of Boalt Hall Alumni Association 1971

box 21, folder 14

To the young men entering the law in the year of our lord 1971: Address to McGeorge School of Law Alumni Association luncheon, West Sacramento 1971

box 21, folder 15

Introduction [Tim Flynn] circa 1972

box 21, folder 16

The law around us: Address to dinner meeting of American Association of University Women, Honolulu Branch 1973

box 21, folder 17

Summary remedies are a little less summary: Annual luncheon talk to Fresno Bar Association 1973

box 21, folder 18-19

Recent developments in California procedure: Lectures for Continuing Education of the Bar, San Francisco 1973

box 21, folder 20

Speech before Lawyers Club of San Francisco luncheon honoring Bernard E. Witkin 1973

box 21, folder 21

Untitled [judicial education] circa 1974

box 21, folder 22

Problems regarding appellate justices, National Center for State Courts, First Regional Conference, San Francisco 1974

box 21, folder 23

Ferment behind the bench, or better courts for better lawyers, luncheon talk, Fresno County Bar Association 1974

box 21, folder 24

120-proof program of unlikely reforms in the law, American Board of Trial Advocates, La Costa (San Diego) 1974

box 21, folder 25

I am not guilty because..., luncheon talk to Fresno Rotary Club 1975

box 21, folder 26

The creative judiciary is still working over torts, CTLA State Bar Seminar, Los Angeles 1975

box 21, folder 27

Death or transfiguration, Conference of California Judges 1975

box 21, folder 28

Court of neither last nor least resort, State Bar Convention, Los Angeles 1975

box 21, folder 29

Remarks, Jim Sabine retirement dinner 1975

box 21, folder 30

The bad child's legal hour or what Gault hath wrought, Sacramento Bar Association 1975

box 21, folder 31

Implementing the activist court, National College of the State Judiciary, Robert Houghwout Jackson Lecture Series, Reno 1975

box 21, folder 32

Oh, reform it altogether! Remarks to Council of State Court Representative annual meeting, Coronado 1976

box 21, folder 33

Remarks on induction ceremony for Judge Betty Barry Deal as judge of the Superior Court of the State of California in and for the County of Alameda 1977

box 21, folder 34

Introductory statements, Wiley Manuel Dinner 1977

box 22, folder 1

We too have roots, Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators meeting, Chicago 1977

box 22, folder 2

Crime and the courts, Masonic Grand Lodge, San Francisco 1977

box 22, folder 3

Reflecting from two mirrors, remarks by B. E. Witkin at the 50th anniversary celebration of the State Bar of California, San Francisco 1977

box 22, folder 4

New trends in civil litigation, lecture to National Judicial College, Reno 1978

box 22, folder 5

Rescuing the appellate courts, Beverly Hills Bar Association retreat, Costa Mesa 1978

box 22, folder 6

B. E. W. notes for testimony before Chief Justice's Advisory Committee for an Effective Publication Rule 1978

box 22, folder 7

Crime and the Warren Court, luncheon talk to the Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco 1978

box 22, folder 8

Contract to courtroom: Recent developments in entertainment litigation, Beverley Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles 1979

box 22, folder 9

The shape of the law biz to come, talk to City Commons Club of Berkeley 1979

box 22, folder 10

Remarks at luncheon for retiring Justice Robert F. Kane, San Francisco 1979

box 22, folder 11

New slants on constitutional freedoms, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association dinner address, Santa Ana, California 1980

box 22, folder 12

Myths, misconceptions, and mysteries of appellate review, annual meeting of California Judges Association, Monterey 1980

box 22, folder 13

Role of career judicial attorneys, New Orleans 1981

box 22, folder 14

Freedom and security, Alameda County Bar Association, Oakland 1981

box 22, folder 15

Remarks on the induction of Ronald W. Tochterman, Superior Court, Sacramento 1981

box 47

Introductory remarks [Donald P. Barrett] and memoranda 1981-1982

Restricted Materials

Access to this file is restricted. Materials include internal Supreme Court of California memoranda.
box 22, folder 16

Justice Donald P. Barrett retirement, B. E. Witkin, MC, San Francisco 1981-1982

box 22, folder 17

Remarks, induction of Judge Betty Barry Deal as Justice of the Court of Appeal, First District 1980

box 22, folder 18

The Wright Court: A distinguished period in California judicial history, third annual Douglas A. Salem Memorial Scholarship Fund dinner for Southwestern University School of Law 1982

box 22, folder 19

Council of Chief Judges of Courts of Appeal, third annual seminar, Chicago 1982

box 22, folder 20

The trial courts of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, induction of ten new Orange County Superior Court judges, Santa Ana, California 1983

box 22, folder 21

Policy making by the courts, or Who needs a legislature, or The creative judiciary -- Friend or foe, symposium, A. Alan Post's class at UC Davis 1983

box 22, folder 22

Central staff seminar of American Bar Association, keynote address, San Francisco 1983

box 22, folder 23

Freedom and security, address to Town Hall of California, Los Angeles 1983

box 22, folder 24

Retirement dinner for Judge Melvin E. Cohn, San Francisco 1983

box 22, folder 25

Bench, Bar, Media, Committee of the California Judges Association, Greater Los Angeles Press Club, Los Angeles 1984

box 22, folder 26

Law reform in a slightly cracked nutshell, Amador-Calaveras-Tuolumne Bar Association meeting, San Andreas, California 1984

box 22, folder 27

Remarks, Bar Association of San Francisco, revision of B. E. Witkin's 72nd birthday remarks for 80th birthday 1984

box 22, folder 28

The efficient appellate court, Bench, Bar, Media Committee of the California Judges Association dinner meeting, Greater Los Angeles Press Club 1985

box 22, folder 29

CJER new judges orientation program 1985

box 22, folder 30

Judicial activism and restraint in the high courts, Sacramento County Bar Association, Annual Law Day dinner 1985

box 22, folder 31

Remarks of B. E. Witkin at Justice Sullivan's 80th birthday celebration 1987

box 22, folder 32

Remarks, retirement of Justice Allison M. Rouse, Burlingame, California 1988

box 22, folder 33

The role of the appellate research attorney: Past, present, and future, CJER California Appellate Research Attorneys Institute, San Diego 1988

box 23, folder 1

Construction of the appellate opinion, CASA seminar series 1988

box 23, folder 2

Retirement dinner in honor of Justice Harry F. Brauer, Santa Cruz County Bar Association 1989

box 23, folder 3

Reforming the American legal system, Italian American Bar Association of Northern California, San Francisco 1989

box 23, folder 4

Bar associations in today's legal world, Santa Clara County Bar Association dinner 1990

box 23, folder 5

Retirement dinner for Judge Thomas M. Jenkins, Burlingame, California 1990

box 23, folder 6-7

Remarks at confirmation hearing on appointment of Judge Norm L. Epstein to the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District 1990

box 23, folder 8

Introduction of members of the California Supreme Court, Lawyers' Club Supreme Court luncheon 1990

box 23, folder 9

New supernovas and some not so super, Fresno County Bar Association 1990

box 23, folder 10

Retirement of Justice Betty Barry-Deal 1990

box 23, folder 11

A Witkin retrospective 1990

box 23, folder 12

Opinion writing, Appellate Judges Seminar Series 1990

box 23, folder 13

Announcing the Herman F. Selvin professorship in Boalt Hall, Los Angeles 1991

box 23, folder 14

Roast, San Mateo County Legal Aid Society annual dinner, Millbrae, California 1990

box 23, folder 15

Michael Goodman memorial 1991

box 23, folder 16

Memorial for Lyle Cook, Berkeley 1991

box 23, folder 17

Boalt Hall Citation Award dinner honoring Justice Allen E. Broussard, San Francisco 1991

box 23, folder 18

Remarks for dinner honoring Melvin Belli, "King of Torts," Berkeley 1991

box 23, folder 19

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund dinner, San Francisco 1991

box 23, folder 20

The golden age and the age of challenge 1992

box 23, folder 21

Incontinent, irreverent, and immaterial recollections of the Supreme Court that was, Court of Appeal, Second District 1992

box 23, folder 22

Fresno City College paralegal studies program graduation banquet 1992

box 23, folder 23

The golden age and the age of challenge, commencement address, Monterey College of Law 1992

box 23, folder 24

Remarks, Judges James V. Paige and Harold Thompson dinner 1992

box 23, folder 25

Community birthday salute to Gordon D. Schaber, Sacramento 1992

box 23, folder 26

A mixed bag of procedural novelties 1993

box 23, folder 27

Law reform in a slightly cracked nutshell, luncheon talk to Defense Seminar Association of San Francisco 1993

box 23, folder 28

Remarks, Alameda County Wiley W. Manuel Law Library reception 1993

box 23, folder 29

The future of judicial education, Retired Judges Conference, San Diego 1993

box 23, folder 30

Appellate super novas, Fresno County Bar Association 1993

box 23, folder 31

The future of judicial education, Themis Society of Southwestern University School of Law, 20th anniversary celebration in honor of alumni judges 1993

box 23, folder 32

The California Supreme Court of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, Monterey County Bar Association 1993

box 23, folder 33

Remarks, Bench-Bar Media Committee meeting, Sacramento Bar Association 1993

box 23, folder 34

Comments at the meeting of Coalition on Social Justice, Los Angeles 1993

box 23, folder 35

Retirement dinner for Justice Howard Wiener, San Diego 1994

box 23, folder 36

Civil law update, California Appellate Courts Institute, San Francisco 1994

box 24, folder 1

The Futures Commission: A new look at the judicial system, Law Day dinner, Placer County, California 1994

box 24, folder 2

The golden age and the age of challenge, commencement address, Monterey College School of Law 1992

box 24, folder 3

Coalition for justice, Bernard E. Witkin birthday dinner, Los Angeles 1994

box 24, folder 4

Futures Commission: A new look at the judicial system, Fresno Bar Association lunch 1994

box 24, folder 5

Access to justice, luncheon talk to Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold, attorneys, San Francisco 1994

box 24, folder 6

Remarks, ALI-ABA Francis Rawle Award, presented at the annual luncheon of the ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Education 1994

box 24, folder 7

Charles Houston Bar Association law student reception, Oakland 1994

box 24, folder 8

Metropolitan News "person of the year" dinner honoring Norman Epstein 1995

box 24, folder 9

More supernovas: What else?, Berkeley-Albany Bar Association luncheon meeting, Berkeley 1995

box 24, folder 10

Luncheon in honor of the California Supreme Court, Sacramento 1995

box 24, folder 11

The California Supreme Court of yesterday and today, BEW annual monthly luncheon with Fresno County Bar Association 1995

box 24, folder 12

The Supreme Court of yesterday and today, talk to Supreme Court Historical Society meeting, State Bar Convention, San Francisco 1995

box 24, folder 13

The tenBroek Society breakfast meeting, San Francisco 1995

box 24, folder 14

Boalt Hall Alumni Celebration Dinner Citation Award to Forrest Plant, Berkeley 1995

box 24, folder 15

Berkeley Community Fund awards dinner awarding the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal to Bernard and Alba Witkin 1995

box 24, folder 16

Twelfth annual Chief Justice Gibson Award presentation dinner, Carmel, California 1995?

box 24, folder 17

CJER today and CJER in the days to come undated

box 24, folder 18

Cases I can't forget undated

box 24, folder 19

A clerk's eye view of law and law books, 3rd annual convention, Superior Courtroom Clerks Association, San Francisco undated

box 24, folder 20

Evidentiary problems in juvenile court, remarks to the 9th probation administrators' training course, Asilomar, California undated

box 24, folder 21

Introducing Dorothea LeConte undated

box 24, folder 22

Introducing Fred Trott undated

box 24, folder 23

Introducing George Miller, Jr. undated

box 24, folder 24

Introducing Jack Goldberger undated

box 24, folder 25

Introducing Jake Erlich undated

box 24, folder 26

Introducing Lyle Cook undated

box 24, folder 27

Introducing Monroe Friedman undated

box 24, folder 28

Introducing Morton Meyer undated

box 24, folder 29

Introducing Salathiel C. Masterson undated

box 24, folder 30

Introducing William Byron Rumford undated

box 24, folder 31

The joys of appeal undated

box 24, folder 32

Second community birthday party of the liberated Witkin connubium undated

box 25, folder 1

Judicial opinions: Miscellaneous fragments from talks about the appellate courts undated

box 25, folder 2

Legal research: Resources, finding the law undated

box 25, folder 3

Legal secretaries undated

box 25, folder 4

One hundred and twenty proof program of unlikely reforms in the law undated

box 25, folder 5

Judicial dinner honoring Judge Arthur K. Marshall on the occasion of his retirement undated

box 25, folder 6

Discontinuing education of the bar undated

box 25, folder 7-8

The shape of the law biz to come undated

box 25, folder 9

Homer Thompson memorial undated

box 25, folder 10

The trend in criminal reversals undated

box 25, folder 11

Torts undated

box 25, folder 12

Transcript: law student training undated

box 25, folder 13

A. B. A. address undated

box 25, folder 14

When the media really look at the law, law reform will really begin, Bench and Bar Media Conferences undated

box 25, folder 15-19

Fragments: Justice of the California Supreme Court 1973

box 25, folder 20

Fragments: The best defense is not always the safest, or a new form of malicious prosecution 1974?

box 25, folder 21

Fragments: Courts as art of democratic tradition 1974?

box 26, folder 1-7

Fragments: Civil update undated

box 27, folder 1-2

More fragments: Civil law updates undated

box 27, folder 3-4

More fragments: Torts lecture

box 27, folder 5-6

Criminal law: Notes and fragments circa 1960s

box 27, folder 7-8

Fragments: Contracts undated

box 27, folder 9, box 28, folder 1

Fragments: Real property undated

box 28, folder 2

Fragments: Remarks to young lawyers, comments on law schools undated

box 28, folder 3

Fragments: Birthdays and other celebrations 1973-1988

box 28, folder 4

Fragments: Introductions undated

box 28, folder 5

Fragments: Conclusions undated

box 28, folder 6

Fragments: Ominous trends in criminal reversals undated

box 28, folder 7

Fragments: Reform of the legal system undated

box 28, folder 8

Fragments: remarks on Lou Asher undated

box 28, folder 9

Fragments: What's in a name? undated

box 28, folder 10-18

Fragments: Miscellaneous undated

box 43

Old law talks [oversize notes on] 1960-1969


Interviews, writings, and publications circa 1920-2020

Scope and Contents

Interviews, writings, and publications comprise books, articles, and other writings authored by Witkin, including his J.D. thesis and early editions of the Summary of California Law; interviews and oral histories given by Witkin; articles written about Witkin; and articles and other publications collected by Witkin, mostly related to legal topics.


This series is arranged into two subseries: 1) By Witkin; and 2) By others. Materials are arranged in chronological order within subseries.

By Witkin

box 29, folder 1

The bastard king of England circa 1920s

box 29, folder 2-4

Suppression of obscene literature, J.D. thesis 1927

box 29, folder 5-7

Summary of California law, second edition 1929

box 29, folder 8

Summary of California law, second edition, 1930 supplement 1930

box 30, folder 1

Summary of California law, third edition 1932

box 30, folder 2-3

Summary of California law, fourth edition 1934

box 30, folder 4

Syllabus for law refresher course in California law 1946

box 30, folder 5

Notes on Harper on torts undated

box 30, folder 6

Summary of California law, part 2 [original manuscript] 1928

box 30, folder 7

"Four years of the rules on appeal," reprinted from California law review, volume 35, number 5 1947

box 30, folder 8

"Some observations on courts, clerks and law books" 1958

box 30, folder 9

Outline for a deskbook for appellate justices 1971

box 30, folder 10

"The second noble experiment of the twentieth century," Prosecutor's brief 1977

box 30, folder 11

"Witkin on appellate court attorneys," California State Bar journal 1979

box 30, folder 12

"California's top legal scholar takes a look at law reform," The recorder 1979

box 30, folder 13

Articles about the media 1980, undated

box 31, folder 1

"Procedural innovations and aberrations: State, federal, and magenta," address delivered at the Annual Convention of the International Society of Barristers 1981

box 31, folder 2

"Our legal system is in jeopardy," California lawyer 1982

box 31, folder 3

"Reforming the legal profession," The humanist 1982

box 31, folder 4

"It's time to restore rights of personal security and property," Daily journal 1983

box 31, folder 5

"Resurgence of sex torts," "Fatherhood by conclusive presumption," ABOTAGram 1985

box 31, folder 6

"Tribute to Judge Ira Brown," University of San Francisco law review 1991

box 31, folder 7

"A shot across the masthead," The bulletin 1993

box 31, folder 8

"What every lawyer should know (and do) about judicial education" undated

box 31, folder 9

Futures commission, redline copy undated

box 31, folder 10-15

Unidentified manuscripts circa 1990s

box 31, folder 16

Humor 1930s-1970s

box 31, folder 17-18, box 32, folder 1-2

Miscellaneous writings 1930s-1950s, undated

box 32, folder 3-5

Interview with Professor Witkin, edited version 1984

box 32, folder 6

A conversation with Bernard E. Witkin: Transcript of interview re Calif. Supreme Court and Roger Traynor 1986

box 32, folder 7-8

Questions for Witkin, CJA videotaped conversation 1994


By others

box 32, folder 9

Descriptions and introductions about Witkin 1959-1997

box 32, folder 10

Dedication to Bernie Witkin, by Donald R. Wright and Otto M. Kaus, California State Bar journal 1979

box 32, folder 11

"Bernard E. Witkin: A legal scholar who has worked for court reform," The Los Angeles daily journal 1979

box 32, folder 12

"A walking Bible: Bernard E. Witkin is the Blackstone of Berkeley," National law journal 1983

box 32, folder 13

"An interview with Bernard Witkin," The San Francisco attorney 1984

box 32, folder 14

"Remarks of Raymond L. Sullivan at a luncheon honoring Bernard E. Witkin," The San Francisco attorney 1984

box 32, folder 15

"B. E. Witkin lays down the law," Los Angeles lawyer 1984

box 32, folder 16

The Boalt Hall transcript 1984

box 32, folder 17

"Witkin on Witkin," California lawyer 1989

box 32, folder 18

"90th Witkin," The recorder 1994

box 32, folder 19

University of California Botanical Garden newsletter 1996

box 32, folder 20-21

A tribute to the master: A presentation of the Sacramento County Bar Association, its Bench, Bar, Media Committee, and the Federalist Society, in cooperation with the Commission on the Future of the California Courts 1993

Scope and Contents

Includes original letters by Ronald Reagan, George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson, and Malcolm Lucas.
box 32, folder 22

Unattributed tributes to Witkin circa 1996

box 32, folder 23

California decisions: The Billings pardon reports 1931

box 32, folder 24

Journal of the State Bar of California: Rules on appeal 1942

box 32, folder 25

"Some characteristics of Mohammedan law," by Leon R. Yankwich, reprinted from Southern California law review 1947

box 32, folder 26

Proposed revision of the California Constitution 1966

box 32, folder 27

Proposed revision of the California Constitution 1968

box 33, folder 1

"Biography of Chief Justice Roger J. Traynor," reprinted from History of the Supreme Court justices of California 1966

box 33, folder 2

"Who can best judge the judges?," by Roger J. Traynor, Chief Justice of California 1967

box 33, folder 3

Standards for publication of judicial opinions: A report of the Committee on Use of Appellate Court Energies of the Advisory Council for Appellate Justice 1973

box 33, folder 4

"The Supreme Court, the police, and the people," by Sherwood Green of the California Bar 1970

box 33, folder 5

Poetry and other writings 1974, undated

box 33, folder 6

Report of the Assembly Select Committee on the Revision of the Corporations Code 1975

box 33, folder 7

California courts commentary 1977-1992

box 33, folder 8

"The estate of Finkler, 3 California 2d 584," by Harold A. Berliner 1978

box 33, folder 9

The criminal law color book: A conceptual approach featuring creative visualization, by F. LaGard Smith 1978

box 33, folder 10

Book review of B. E. Witkin's Manual of appellate court opinions, by Gideon Kanner, reprinted from UCLA Law Review 1978

box 43

All rise!: An irreverent look at the courtroom, by Hon. James I. Aaron 1982

box 43

"An interview with Bernard Witkin," California monthly 1983

box 33, folder 11

"Do judges make law?," by Joseph R. Grodin, California lawyer 1989

box 33, folder 12

"The curvature of constitutional space: What lawyers can learn from modern physics," by Laurence H. Tribe, reprinted from Harvard law review 1989

box 33, folder 13

Essays, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Ojai Conference 1992

box 33, folder 14

"New blocks for old pyramids: Reshaping the judicial system," by Shirley M. Hufstedler, reprinted from Southern California law review 1971

box 33, folder 15

"Tentative opinions: An analysis of their benefit in the Appellate Court of California," by Thomas E. Hollenhorst 1990s

box 33, folder 16

Profile, Judicial Council of California 2002

box 37, folder 28

CSCHS review, articles about Witkin by John Wierzbicki 2020-

box 33, folder 17

"The Supreme Court's watch on the law," by Roger Traynor undated

box 33, folder 18-21

Various publications by others 1950s-1980s

box 33, folder 22

Speeches by others 1981-1995

box 33, folder 23

Ephemera 1959-1995, undated

box 33, folder 24, box 34, folder 1

News clippings, UC Berkeley 1920s

box 34, folder 2-11

News clippings 1930s-2008, undated


Subject files 1936-2000

Scope and Contents

Subject files comprise materials collected by Witkin, organized by organization or topic. Files cover a wide range of topics, including legal organizations in which Witkin was active; the California Supreme Court; legal publishing; and Witkin's potential judicial appointment.


Subject files are arranged in alphabetical order.
box 34, folder 12

Alameda County Law Library 1992-2000

box 34, folder 13

Appellate court judicial attorneys 1978

box 34, folder 14

Bancroft-Whitney 1990, undated

box 34, folder 15

Bancroft-Whitney awards of Witkin books 1975-1979

box 34, folder 16

Bar review course, history 1975

box 34, folder 17

Bench and Bar Media Conferences 1974-1997

box 34, folder 18-19

Berkeley Fellows 1981-1995

box 34, folder 20

Boalt Law School, BEW gift, honors 1988-1995

box 34, folder 21

California appellate rules (1943) 1982

box 35, folder 1

California Evidence Code 1967

box 35, folder 2

California Judges Association 1970-1994

box 35, folder 3-4

California Supreme Court Historical Society 1964-1995

box 35, folder 5-6

Coalition for Justice 1998-2000

box 35, folder 7

Coalition for Justice, BEW notes 1994, undated

box 35, folder 8-10

Commission on Future of the California Courts 1991-1994

box 47

Commission on the Future of the California Courts 1994

Restricted Materials

Access to this folder is restricted. Materials include internal court communications.
box 35, folder 11

Commission on Judicial Performance 1991

box 35, folder 12

Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) 1936-1991

box 35, folder 13

Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB): State Bar review and refresher course 1944-1949

box 35, folder 14

Copyrights prior to 1967 1948-1966

box 35, folder 15

First syllabus 1966-1973

box 36, folder 1-4

Foundation for Judicial Education 1956-1995

box 36, folder 5

Goodman, Michael undated

box 36, folder 6

Judge Lawrence O'Neill's speech: Civility in the courtroom 1994

box 36, folder 7

Judicial Council of California 1968-1969

box 36, folder 8-10

Judicial education: California College of Trial Judges 1967-1975

box 36, folder 11-12

Judicial education: The crown jewel of programs initiated by the California Judges Association 1967-1995

box 47

Judicial education: CJER program evaluations 1995

Restricted Materials

Access to this folder is restricted. Materials include confidential course evaluations.
box 36, folder 13

Law publishing, BEW comments 1982

box 36, folder 14

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo 1991

box 37, folder 1

Manual on appellate court opinions (West) 1977

box 37, folder 2

McGeorge School of Law 1971-1990

box 37, folder 3

National Conference on Appellate Justice undated

box 37, folder 4

New looks in reversible error 1969

box 37, folder 5

Norton, Hal 1991-1994

box 37, folder 29

Notes for remarks by B. E. Witkin on confirmation of Justice Marvin R. Baxter as Justice of the Supreme Court 1990 August 28

box 37, folder 6

Other lawyers 1986-1992

box 37, folder 7

Preventative law 1994

box 37, folder 8

Publishing and authoring generally, BEW's comments on 1975

box 37, folder 9

Radio, television, and phonograph 1972, undated

box 37, folder 10

Requests for Witkin's speeches, books, and materials 1978-1993

box 37, folder 11

Significant developments lecture and materials 1990

box 37, folder 12

Some observations on appellate brief writing in California courts for law students in moot court and writing classes undated

box 37, folder 13

State Bar of California 75th anniversary 1927-2002

box 37, folder 14

State Bar of California: Public information about laws, failure of 1953

box 37, folder 15

The Supreme Court of California: Early history 1971-1975

box 37, folder 16

The Supreme Court of California: Rose Bird Court 1978-1979

box 37, folder 17-18

The Supreme Court of California: Rose Bird Court, newspaper clippings 1977-1987

box 37, folder 19

The Supreme Court of California: The Lucas Court 1995

box 37, folder 20

The Supreme Court of California: Chief Justice Phil Gibson 1984

box 37, folder 21

The Supreme Court of California: Chief Justice and Justice Traynor's law clerks 1969

box 37, folder 22

Teaching methods 1977-1987, undated

box 37, folder 23

Trouble with criminal statutes 1963-1968

box 37, folder 24-25

Witkin judicial appointment 1959-1963

Scope and Contents

Includes letters of recommendation regarding Witkin's appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit written to U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy.
box 37, folder 26

Witkin Legal Institute

box 37, folder 27

Witkin publications: Reviews, comments, and compliments 1955-1969


Photographs circa 1920-1997

Scope and Contents

Photographs include individual portraits of Witkin, family photographs, images of birthday celebrations and events, photographs of Witkin with other legal luminaries, and two photograph albums.


Photographs are arranged in rough alphabetical order.
box 8, folder 1

Zara Witkin portrait circa 1920s


Zara Witkin's photograph was found in B. E. Witkin's desk.
box 8, folder 2

Case for Zara Witkin's portrait circa 1920s

box 8, folder 3

Witkin family 1933, undated

box 8, folder 4-5

Bernie Witkin portrait circa 1924

box 19, folder 42

Helen Gahagan Douglas circa 1952

box 8, folder 6

Judge Allen E. Broussard, President of CJA, and Bernie Witkin, CJER Judicial College 1973

box 8, folder 7

Bernie Witkin portrait 1983

box 6

Bernie Witkin portrait, oversize proofs 1983

box 6

Bernie Witkin portraits at home, taken by San Francisco Examiner photographer Gordon Stone undated

box 8, folder 8-9

Bernie Witkin 1981-1994, undated

box 8, folder 10

Bernie and Alba Witkin 1978-1984, undated

box 8, folder 11

Bernie Witkin and Alan and Helen Post 1978

box 9, folder 13

Bernie Witkin with Chief Justice Rose Bird 1986

box 8, folder 12

Bernie Witkin with Justice Armand Arabian 1992

box 8, folder 13

Bernie Witkin with Melvin Belli circa 1993

box 8, folder 14

Bernie Witkin with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1994

box 8, folder 15

Bernie Witkin with Justice Kathryn Werdegar 1994

box 8, folder 16-17

Bernie Witkin's 75th birthday 1979

box 8, folder 18

Judge William B. Keane (Los Angeles Superior Court), Dean of CJER Judicial College, and Bernie Witkin, CJER 1980

box 8, folder 19

Alameda County Bar Association on Law Day 1981

box 8, folder 20

Bancroft-Whitney meeting 1985

box 8, folder 21

Bernie Wiktin being honored by his publisher Bancroft-Whitney in April 1987, at the Westin Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa 1987

box 8, folder 22

Bernie Witkin's 85th birthday 1989

box 8, folder 23

California Judges Association 1993

box 8, folder 24

Assembly resolution honoring Bernie Witkin 1994

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs of B. E. Witkin with Assembly Member Willie Brown.
box 8, folder 25

Rawle Award ceremony 1994

box 8, folder 26

Bernie Witkin's 90th birthday 1994

box 8, folder 27

Birthday celebration undated

box 8, folder 28

International House gala 1995

box 8, folder 29

Over 60 Health Center annual party 1995

box 8, folder 30

California State Bar Association, Bernie Witkin booth 1995

box 8, folder 31

California State Bar annual meeting 1996

box 8, folder 32

Governor Pete Wilson signing bill renaming the California State Law Library the Bernard E. Witkin Law Library 1997

box 8, folder 33-37

Miscellaneous events circa 1940s-1990s

box 8, folder 38

Humorous snapshots 1987-1990, undated

box 7

Photograph albums undated

box 9, folder 1

Photographs of Bernie Witkin sent by friends 1980-1990s

box 9, folder 2

Alba Witkin 1996-1997

box 10, folder 31

Ralph Kleps undated

box 9, folder 3

Unidentified photograph undated

box 43

Autographed portrait of Chief Justice Phil Gibson undated

object 4

Mounted photographs of Bernard Witkin undated


Awards and artifacts circa 1970-1995, undated

Scope and Contents

This series consists of awards; furnishings, including Witkin's desk and typewriter; personal effects; and artwork, including a portrait of Witkin by the painter Barry Evans.


This series is arranged into three subseries: 1) Awards; 2) Furnishings and personal effects; and 3) Artwork.


box 38, folder 1

Awards and certificates 1970-1980s

box 38, folder 11

Oakland YMCA service award 1972

box 43

Assembly Rules Committee resolution 1974

box 43

San Francisco Lawyers' Association certificate 1978

box 38, folder 6

McGeorge School of Law medallion 1981

box 46

City of Los Angeles resolution in honor of Bernard Witkin 1982

box 38, folder 7

Loyola Law School, St. Thomas More medallion 1983

box 38, folder 2

Sacramento Urban League certificate 1983-1984

box 46

East China Institute of Politics and Law certificates 1987

box 38, folder 3

Bar Association of San Francisco certificate 1988

box 38, folder 8

Phoebe Hearst commemorative medallion 1990

box 43

Jewish National Fund citation 1991

box 38, folder 5

Conference of California Judges medallion 1974, 1993

box 38, folder 9

Bernard E. Witkin medal 1993

box 38, folder 4, box 38, folder 12

Francis Rawle Award 1994

box 38, folder 9

Law Library Justice Foundation of San Diego Bernard E. Witkin Award 1995

box 38, folder 10

GTI Achievement Award undated


Furnishings and personal effects


Desk undated


Typewriter undated


Safe, used by Bancroft-Whitney Co. to hold Witkin's manuscript of Summary of California Law undated


"Everyone is entitled to my opinion" sign, displayed on Witkin's desk undated


Monogrammed briefcase undated

box 39, folder 1

Nameplate 1983

box 39, folder 2-3

Glasses undated

box 39, folder 4

Ruler, typewriter supplies, pen [Witkin's "tools of the trade"] undated

box 39, folder 5

Hairbrush undated

box 39, folder 6

Pins and cufflinks undated

box 39, folder 7

Happy Birthday Bernie 90 pin 1994

box 39

Handkerchiefs undated

box 39

Suspenders undated

box 39

T-shirts undated

box 40

Bookends undated

box 40

Paperweights undated

box 40

Sommelier cups undated

box 42

Silly hats undated

box 44

Commemorative document cases undated




Framed portrait of Bernard E. Witkin, by Barry Evans undated

box 41

Ceramic figure of Witkin at desk 1984

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A "Happy Unbirthday" gift presented in 1984 by Judge Ira Brown, President of the California Judges Association (CJA), to Witkin in honor of his 80th birthday and his status as the only non-judge member of CJA.
box 40

Unidentified ceramic figure undated

box 45

Framed cartoon of Bernard Witkin 1991

box 45

CJER, original drawing of Bernard Witkin 1996